Nov 182018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
77° now but a high of 80° expected around 2pm, clear skies and tonight’s low of 57°

Thankful…
that I have tomorrow and Tuesday off work

Reading…
Elevation by Stephen King

Listening To…
As soon as I finish The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani I plan on starting Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Watching…
Yesterday I watched the movie Wonder based on the book by  by R.J. Palacio, great movie!

Mind Body Soul…
A new website I really like – Mind Body Green

In The Kitchen…
Taco Salad

Today’s To-Do List…
I worked this morning so now I plan to just relax with a tv show or two and/or a book

One of my favorite things:
International Delights Caramel Macchiato, it’s full of yumminess!

Looking forward to…
Spending Thanksgiving with my daughter and her family, my son in law’s parents, and son Anthony. Son Jeremy and his family are going to Pennsylvania (happy for them, sad for me)

Question…
Are you looking forward to a specific food on Thanksgiving?
My answer: Nope, I love it all!

A Favorite Bible Verse…

I saw this on FB. Sorry I can’t remember who posted it.

From the camera…

One of my favorite walking trails

Nov 112018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
Lately there have been a few tornado’s and one touched down near our house. There is a tree outside my bedroom that was planted just before we moved here in 1999 and it’s really tall. Limbs kept breaking off because of the high wind and some hit the roof and some fell to the ground. It was very loud, freaked me, my dog and cats out.

Thankful…
That there wasn’t any more damage

Reading…
Perched on the Edge: Poems and Songs for Everyday by Lowell a Anderson, a blogger buddy

Listening To…
The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

Watching…
A Million Little Things which Paula posted about on her blog
Smidgens, Snippets & Bits-SO GOOD!

Fitness…
I’ve found some new recipes to try and since it’s cooler I’d like to start walking outside some and maybe talk my kids/grandkids into going to one of the local trails to ride our bikes

In The Kitchen…
Eating out today

Today’s To-Do List…
Reading, tv, snuggling with my animals, making a list of meals for the week

One of my favorite things:
Daylight coming early, yeah I know a lot of people don’t like it but I do

Looking forward to…
Picking up Elevation by Stephen King that’s waiting for me at the library  (it doesn’t have the highest rating but I’m still excited to read it)

Question…
What’s your favorite Christmasy book?

A Favorite Bible Verse…
bible-verses

From the camera…

 

Nov 042018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
58° but the humidity is 88% so it feels like 66°,  expected high of 78°

Thankful…
that I got to spend yesterday with family

Reading…
Today I’m going to read a children’s book, I’ll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara

Listening To…
I’m a little over half way through In Pieces by Sally Field

Watching…
Still watching This Is Us, one of the best shows ever!!!

Mind Body Soul… 
I’m loving Meditation apps

In The Kitchen…
Sirloin Tip Oven Roast, honey gold potatoes, carrots

Today’s To-Do List…
No plans today

One of my favorite things:
Nectarines, I love them!

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Oct 282018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
73° with low humidity, loving this cooler weather

Thankful…
That I had last weekend off and got to spend time with my kids and grandkids

Reading…
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Listening To…
In Pieces by Sally Field

Watching…
I plan to start watching The Kids Are Alright today

Fitness… 
Would like to find something new to do, maybe kayaking

In The Kitchen…
Today it’s KFC

Today’s To-Do List…
Figuring out what meals to make this week

One of my favorite things:
A cold bottle of water

Looking forward to…
Having next weekend off

A Link I Want To Share
Attack Of The Cute

Question…
What did you do last weekend?
My answer: I went to Silver Springs

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
– Proverbs 3:5-6

From the camera…

Oct 072018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
85° but the humidity is 80% so it feels like 92°, thankfully the high is only supposed to be 88°

Thankful…
for a son who can help me with techy stuff

Reading…
Still reading, very slowly, A Flair for Chardonnay (Sadie Kramer Flair #1) by Deborah Garner

Listening To…
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – so good!

Watching…
The Cool Kids – the cast is perfect and it’s so funny!

Fitness…
Getting a lot of steps etc. and eating good

In The Kitchen…
Today I’m making a pot of Baby Lima Beans with Clifty Farm Country Ham Pcs. for Seasoning from Publix & Cornbread

Today’s To-Do List…
Same as usual: reading, laundry, tv

One of my favorite things:
lazy days like today

Looking forward to…
My son Anthony and I have been working a lot and and we need a little fun so I see a family adventure soon – just have to decide where to go/what to do

A Link I Want To Share
Humans Of New York – I love this site! It’s also on Instagram

Question…
What is one of your favorite outdoor activity?
My answer: Bike riding, when it’s cool enough

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

I rarely see leaves change so when I saw these with their fall colors I had to pull over and take a photo

Sep 302018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
91°, slightly cloudy, slight breeze, and very quiet other than a car zooming past now and then

Thankful…
that I have today off after a 12 day stretch at work

Reading…
A Flair for Chardonnay (Sadie Kramer Flair #1) by Deborah Garner

Listening To…
I only have an hour left of  Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Watching…
I plan on watching the first episode of this season’s Survivor today

Fitness…
I worked so much last week & so much exercise there that I didn’t do much when I got home

In The Kitchen…
Eating out today, tomorrow I’ll make Cubed Steak, mashed potatoes & corn

Today’s To-Do List…
I did all the laundry etc. yesterday after work so that I could just relax today so I plan on watching some tv,  finish a current read or both , cuddling with my dog and cats

One of my favorite things:
It’s Lovebug  & rainy season in Florida so right now I’m loving Rain-X Bug Remover Windshield Washer Fluid and Rain-X Water Repellency Wiper Blades

Looking forward to…
Checking out all the new shows coming out on Netflix

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Sep 162018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
88° with a slight breeze and scattered white fluffy clouds

Thankful…
Most of the friends that live in Florence’s path have reported they are safe, still waiting to hear from a few of them

Reading…
A Flair for Chardonnay (Sadie Kramer Flair #1) by Deborah Garner

Listening To…
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Watching…
Season 1 of Ugly Delicious

Fitness/Health…
I found my favorite tai-chi/chi-gong dvd’s so maybe…

In The Kitchen…
Going through everything deciding what to keep

Today’s To-Do List…
Laundry & relaxing

One of my favorite things:
My cat Jaspurr wanting some lovin’ every morning

Looking forward to…
Cooler weather and lower humidity

Question…
Where did you grow up?
My answer: Columbus, Ohio

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Sep 092018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
High is supposed to be 90° with 99% humidity and right now it’s dark and quiet at 6:00 am

Thankful…
For good books and good movies, I love both

Reading:
Bodies on the Beach (Hang Ten Australian Cozy #1) by Stacey Alabaster

Listening To…
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

Watching…
Going to watch Ladies In Lavender today or tomorrow, which I saw at Joyfully Retired

Fitness…
Lots of strength training and steps, eating more meatless meals

In The Kitchen…
Baked Cajun Style Andouille Smoked Sausage w/potatoes, carrots, & cabbage tonight

Today’s To-Do List…
I worked this morning & plan to relax the rest of the day

One of my favorite things:
My cats & dog meeting me at the door when I come home

Looking forward to…
Taking Kaiyo to the groomer tomorrow, I had to cancel her appt. for the 5th due to a work meeting

Question…
What did you have for lunch yesterday?
My answer: Take-out Chinese

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

How the heck did that happen?

 

Sep 022018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
90° with a “feels like” of  98°. I can hear thunder so there’s probably a storm brewing out there

Thankful…
That my car’s “Service Engine Soon” was only a quick minor fix that cost nothing, just needed to loosen my gas cap and re-tightened it

Reading…
Bodies on the Beach (Hang Ten Australian Cozy #1) by Stacey Alabaster

Listening To…
The Sometimes Sisters by Carolyn Brown, Narrated by Brittany Pressley

Watching…
Big Brother and binge watching The Andy Griffith Show

Fitness/Health…
I’ve become very interested in meatless meals lately so I’m searching for recipes

In The Kitchen…
I made a big pot of spaghetti last night, and this week I plan on making stuffed peppers, Cajun Style Andouille Smoked Sausage with Potatoes, Cabbage, & Carrots & who knows what else

Today’s To-Do List…
I worked this morning and plan on relaxing the rest of the day

One of my favorite things:
Cream Horns, I’ve loved them as far back as I can remember

Looking forward to…
Having Tuesday off

A Link I Want To Share
The Literacy Site

Question…
What kind of music do you like to listen to?
My answer: I mainly listen to Christian but also like oldies, Classical & a few Jazz bands

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Jul 292018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
76° with a clear light blue sky, high of 88° with 98% humidity & 90% chance of thunderstorms & very quiet

Thankful…
For feeling a bit better

Reading…
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Listening To…
One Night In November by Amélie Antoine

Watching…
P.S. I Love You

Fitness…
I found some workout videos that Stacy posted a year ago and I want to check them out and see if there’s any that I want to do

In The Kitchen…
No idea

Today’s To-Do List…
Just relaxing with some books, tv, & my animals

One of my favorite things:
Rare days of no plans & nothing on the to-do list

Looking forward to…
Cooler weather and the end of our rainy season, it’s so humid, even before the sun comes up

A Link I Want To Share
Snapguide

Question…
Do you have any siblings?
My answer: I have a twin brother & 3 older sisters, our oldest sister is deceased

A Favorite Bible Verse…
A merry heart does good like a medicine; but a broken spirit dries the bones.
– Proverbs 17:22

From the camera…

Jul 222018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
Right now it’s 90° with a “feels like” of 105°, and there’s a thunderstorm warning in effect for the next 24 hours

Thankful…
That I don’t have to work tomorrow

Reading…
I’m still in a reading slump and just can’t get into the printed word

Listening To…
How To Walk Away by Katherine Center

Watching…
I’m still watching Big Brother 20 and started binge watching When Calls The Heart because I’m missing it while it’s on summer break

Fitness…
I found a post Stacy did back in August of last year with her 5 favorite workouts she did for her 30 Day Challenges. I plan on watching them later today or tomorrow and hopefully I’ll find a few that I want to do for next month

In The Kitchen…
KFC

Today’s To-Do List…
Work and then some laundry, blogging, tv, & audiobook, and maybe a nap

One of my favorite things:
Not getting caught in the rain

Looking forward to…
Going to Jeremy & Susie’s with Anthony for a movie marathon next weekend

Question…
Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
A: I like sushi but I LOVE tacos, so tacos would be my answer

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

 

Jul 152018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
It’s too early to tell, but it’s been cooler the last few days so I’m hoping today will be too

Thankful…
For family time

Reading…
The Bridge: A Collection Of Short Stories by Paula Kay

Listening To…
Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Watching…
Big Brother 20

Fitness…
I’m doing good, eating better and drinking more water. Sunday is a “free” day as far as food

In The Kitchen…
Last night we had fish and baked beans

Today’s To-Do List…
I have a 4 hour meeting at a nearby hospital which is for work and then going to Mr. Dunderbak’s with Anthony, Jeremy, & Susie

One of my favorite things:
Smelling fresh cut grass

Looking forward to…
Spending time with my daughter tomorrow

Question…
Would you rather live permanently in a roller coaster park or in a zoo?
My Answer: I LOVE roller coasters but I also love animals, and think a zoo would be a better place to live permanently. Although coaster are fun, animals are better company.

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Jul 012018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
83°, feels like temp is 93°, sky is a beautiful blue with some white fluffy clouds, storms expected in the afternoon

Thankful…
That I could spend Friday with my two sons, dil, & grandson at Disney World

Reading… 
still in a reading slump except for audio
I may finish these books by the end of the year~ kidding not kidding
The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker (Kindle)
Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You by Ann LeFevre (Print)

Listening To…
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Watching…
Lords and Ladles, which Beth Fish recommended

Fitness…
I’ve missed the last three weeks of Reader’s Workouts, plan to post again on Tuesday

In The Kitchen…
Pizza today and Doritos Chicken Casserole tomorrow

Today’s To-Do List…
Watch some tv, read, relax, cuddle with my fur babies

One of my favorite things:
I was talking to a vegetarian friend the other day about how much we love Taco Bell and she said she’s been getting the Spicy Tostada from the $1 menu, and that she loves it. I tried it yesterday and it is really really good! It’s now my favorite thing from TB! And did I mention it’s only $1?

Looking forward to…
Our rainy season to be over because the thunder freaks my dog and two cats out and I feel so bad for them

Question…
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher

A Favorite Bible Verse…

 

From the camera…

Jaspurr, my youngest cat, who is a girl by the way

Jun 242018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
92° , hot & humid

Thankful…
My front load washing machine bit the dust last week so we had to buy another one. I decided to go with a Samsung top load and I love it, even though I’m too short to reach the clothes when they’re done. Getting them out is a workout. I need to go buy a step stool

Reading… (still)
The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker (Kindle)
Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You by Ann LeFevre (Print)

Listening To…
Half a Heart by Karen McQuestion – this is a new to me author and I’m really enjoying the book

Watching…
Still binge watching Monk (on season 6) and thinking about starting Master Of None. Anyone know the show and can tell me if I should be warned of anything?

Fitness…
Lots of exercise and drinking lots of water

In The Kitchen…
Tonight I’m having Beef Stew

Today’s To-Do List…
I worked this morning and now I’m doing this post and a load of laundry, then tv and reading

One of my favorite things:
Hearing birds singing early in the morning

Looking forward to…
Having Tuesday off and spending the day with my daughter Kilah
Having Fri., Sat., & Sunday off – going to Disney & hopefully the beach

Question…
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
(other than reading/blogging)

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Taken while out on our boat

Jun 172018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
73°, still dark outside and very quiet

Thankful…
For how smoothly work went yesterday

Reading…
Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You by Ann LeFevre

Listening To…
I’m almost finished with Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Watching…
Not much of anything

Fitness…
Eating better and feeling better

In The Kitchen…
Salad tonight for supper

Today’s To-Do List…
Try to get our washer fixed, the tub isn’t spinning

One of my favorite things:
Strawberry’s, I have some in my fridge that I plan on eating tonight

Looking forward to…
Going to Disney World with my daughter, 2 youngest grandkids, and daughter’s mother in law

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Meerkat
Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa
Jun 102018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
Right now it’s 79° and supposed to get up to 88°. There’s a slight chance of rain & the sky is blue and cloudless. And it’s quiet out there which is unusual for a weekend.

Thankful…
For a family that loves spending time together

Reading…
The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker (Kindle)

Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You by Ann LeFevre (Print)

Listening To…
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Watching…
I’m still binge watching Monk & on season 2.

Health/Fitness…
Last week I started getting pains in my upper thigh & for me that means I’m not drinking enough water. I try to drink at least 80 oz. every day but sometimes I don’t get that much. When my legs started hurting I made sure I got enough water every day and the pain stopped. Dehydration can really mess with your body.

In The Kitchen…
Eating out today

Today’s To-Do List…
Just have fun!

One of my favorite things:
Light & Fit Vanilla Greek Yogurt, I love it! I buy it by the quart.

Looking forward to…
Today I’m going to Busch Gardens with my two sons, daughter in law & oldest granddaughter

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Jun 032018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
83° and another cloudy day but only a 20% chance of rain today

Thankful…
For spending the day with my daughter (& her family and her in laws) yesterday for her 36th birthday. We went to Yomato Japanese Steak House and the food/company was great

Reading…
The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker (Kindle)

This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz (print)

Listening To…
The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

Watching…
I loved Monk when it was on, sad when it went off the air, so I’m binge watching it and loving it

Fitness…
I went to get blood test results a few days ago and everything looks good which makes me happy

In The Kitchen…
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Today’s To-Do List…
Need to go to Shoe Carnival and do some other shopping

One of my favorite things:
Publix has a cream filled powdered Long John that I never tried until the other day and it is AMAZING!

Looking forward to…
Going to the beach this Friday with my daughter & 2 grandkids

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera… 

May 202018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
70°, wet and rainy. There are no distinguishable clouds but the sky looks white instead of blue, it’s been raining/storming on and off for about 5 days now.

Thankful…
For the rain but would like some days of sunshine too.

Reading…
I’m slowly reading The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton & Framed in Cherry Hills (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery #2) by Paige Sleuth.

Listening To…
I just finished listening to Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens and yesterday I started listening to My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. Stevens and Backman are definitely on my favorite authors list. I’ve loved every book I’ve read by them.

Watching…
I’m trying to decide what to start binge watching on Netflix, any suggestions?

Fitness…
I’ve been getting a lot of exercise but not eating as healthy as I should have been, I need to work on that.

In The Kitchen…
Today I’m making spaghetti and cheese bread.

Today’s To-Do List…
I’m going to go through my bathroom and bedroom closets and decide what I want to keep or get rid of. Both closets are huge and I loved that when we moved in but now I’m not thrilled about having to go through all that stuff. The saying “make it big and they will fill it” applies here.

One of my favorite things:
Discovering new restaurants.

Looking forward to…
Going to the beach, hopefully one of my days off will be sunny.

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

The place I work passes out things for “Today Is…” days and on Pretzel day they handed out bags of these cute heart pretzels. I had never seen heart pretzels before but I think they are so cute!

May 062018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
79° with so many clouds you can’t see the blue of the sky, no wind, no dogs barking, no kids playing, or lawns being mowed, it’s unusually quiet except for an occasional car going by

Thankful…
For not having to go to work today

Reading…
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton

Listening To…
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

Watching…
Last  Night I watched Chonda Pierce: Enough on Netflix and loved it, she’s very funny

Fitness…
For some reason the bones in my feet have been hurting on and off for a few days

In The Kitchen…
Spiral Cut Ham with  a bit of brown sugar, pineapple & cherries

Today’s To-Do List…
Computer time, reading, tv, laundry because that’s never ending

One of my favorite things:
My daughter and I went on a day trip a few weeks ago and we stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts on the way out of town. The girl waiting on us told us that most of their stores refill any mug/tumbler etc. for a little over a dollar! I also love their Bacon, Egg & Cheese Croissant, and that they have so many donuts to choose from

Looking forward to…
Moving. We had only planned on doing a little work to the house in town but my son kept adding things and now it’s practically a whole remodel

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Apr 152018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
81° now, high of 84°, windy and it’s supposed to rain starting around 3pm. Update: I ended up going to IKEA with my son Anthony and my dil Susie and just got back home. It’s 6:14 pm and the storms have stopped for now. It’s 70° now with a chance of more rain

Thankful…
for spending time with all 3 of my kids, my 4 grandkids, and dil yesterday playing games and lots of laughing

Reading…
Still reading  Box of Butterflies: Discovering the Unexpected Blessings All Around Us by Roma Downey

Listening To…
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Watching…
I just finished binge watching Hart Of Dixie (LOVED IT) and plan on starting something else tomorrow. Any suggestions?

Fitness…
I haven’t done much the last few days other than walking and strength training

In The Kitchen…
Not cooking anything today because we ate out

Today’s To-Do List…
Went out to eat at Sonny’s BBQ and then to IKEA to look for kitchen cabinets

One of my favorite things:
Dunkin Donuts – Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Croissant

Looking forward to…
Taking Kaiyo to the groomer on the 25th, she’s getting pretty furry

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…